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In honor of the 10-year anniversary of The Heroin Diaries, Nikki Sixx's definitive and best-selling memoir on drug addiction is now available on audio for the first time, read by Nikki Sixx! This shocking, gripping, and at times darkly hilarious memoir explores Nikki's yearlong war with a vicious heroin addiction. Now more than ever, with opioid addiction ravaging our country and rising by 20 percent in the past year alone, Nikki's story of both his descent into drug-addled decay and subsequent recovery and transition into a rehabilitation advocate is now more relevant than ever.

When Mötley Crüe was at the height of its fame, there wasn't any drug Nikki Sixx wouldn't do. He spent days - sometimes alone, sometimes with other addicts, friends, and lovers - in a coke and heroin-fueled daze.

The highs were high, and Nikki's journal entries reveal some euphoria and joy. But the lows were lower, often ending with Nikki in his closet, surrounded by drug paraphernalia and wrapped in paranoid delusions.

Here, Nikki shares the diary entries - some poetic, some scatterbrained, some bizarre - of those dark times.

Brutally honest, utterly riveting, and surprisingly moving, The Heroin Diaries follows Nikki during the year he plunged to rock bottom - and his courageous decision to pick himself up and start living again.

©2007 Nikki Sixx (P)2017 S&S Audio

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I was hanging on every word Nikki had to say. I related to everything that he did. I didn't hit "rock bottom." I never became homeless, due to my mother. I guess you could say she was an enabler. She always said, "get out of this house!!" I would just say, "yeah...yeah...yeah".
The Heroin Diaries is truly a great read, especially if you are a drug addict or even a recovering addict. I wish I knew about this book much much sooner. I've been clean for about 10 yrs now.
My previous boyfriend and father of my wonderful son, Liam, died in 2008 due to self infliction. I was truly sad at first. Billy got me onto heroin. He said it was a crushed up pain pill. I suddenly violently threw up my pasta dinner. Well after a month went by I tried it again, only half. I didn't get sick this time. Well, the months became weeks, the weeks became days, then everyday I had to have it.
It's like a blessing in disguise for me that Billy died. If I was still with him I probably would be dead as well or in jail, which is the same as dead with a mouth like mine.
Anyway, thanks for reading some of my story.

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Breathtaking

Thank you Sixx for sharing your torment and torture towards redemption. There are so many ways you help

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Great to hear Nikki Sixx read his story.

This book will help anyone struggling with any form of drug addiction. The best book I have ever read on the subject. I had told my teens parts of the story. They won't be trying drugs any time soon.

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Loved it

Am now more of a Crue fan than ever. Could not stop until it was over.

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I've always like Motley Crue's music, but due to being born in the late 80's, I wasn't able to experience them when they were at their height. To me, Crue was Vince and Tommy. This book opened my eyes to the real wheel behind Motley Crue, and the demons that haunted (or hunted) him.

The journey Nikki takes in that year is amazing. I couldn't stop listening.

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Gripping

Absolutely stunning that Sixx is still alive. This book is not only for crue fans but for anyone who is struggling with addiction. It pulls you into the underworld, the rawness of Heroin diaries is insane. Would recommend to everyone I know.

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God bless you Nikki Sixx!

An ending that will make a macho man cry!!

I'm so grateful that, in the end, you choose to be a father and die of old age. I'm 21 and have always had a stable home life; near zero of my peers can say the same. I see how I was able to avoid total collapse from OTC drugs addiction because of their stable relationship. I also see my peers collapse because they don't have that supportive stability at home. Point being, I greatly appreciate that you have been a father to your kids and I know that you know that they have something few other kids have and how big of a difference that makes in their lives.

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What an awesome journey!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to a friend because it is a true portrait of rock star excesses, as well as how far people who are addicted will drag themselves thorugh the much. As Nikki says... The dying is easy, It's the living that seems impossible when it's time to sober up!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heroin Diaries: 10 Year Anniversary Edition?

Hearing about Nikki coming to my hometown and the things he did there.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

That it was the author.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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What an inspiration. Nikki is one of my all time true hero's. I play bass, and too have kicked "THE" habit. I am forever in his debt. This book has helped me more than I could even explain sitting here writing an e book review!

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1st edition- a well read, 2nd- a awesome audible!

I really dislike reading but I love Nikki Sixx. My brother brought me the book and said "trust me and read it!" I was in my mid 30's and hadn't read a book since high school. I couldn't put the book down and finished it in less than a week.
Who would have known Nikki was going through this? I didn't and I also didn't think anybody could survive with such a crazy lifestyle.
I was estacted when I heard about the 10th anniversary edition and since we have bitchen apps that can read to us now...even better, Nikki can read to me! I might even listen to it again.

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Laugh at Misfortune

What did you love best about The Heroin Diaries: 10 Year Anniversary Edition?

I loved the additions to the 10 year version with updates of what happened after the book was initially released

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sikky Nixx, that guy is nuts.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The fact that he was the author as well.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Story of a Shooting Star

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It's the fact Nikki Sixx survived that makes the stories hysterical, amazing, and unbelievable. Had he not, this would have been a tragic tale of slow suicide. If you enjoy stories of redemption, it's hard to beat The Heroin Diaries.

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  • AnnieJuly
  • 10-31-17

What can I say...

...but wonderful! I had already read the original but the audio brings those words to life when read by Nikki himself. Plenty of new material too. The epilogue was really moving on so many levels: his intelligence, his determination, his search to contribute and not least his rallying cry for the true rock star in an age of blah, blah, blah (and that’s the sober Nikki talking). I’d say this would appeal to those who maybe aren’t Sixx fans sufficiently to want to read the book too. The male voice actor who did the other male characters was great: his Tommy, Vince and Slash were uncannily good. His English accents, hmm, okay! The female was pretty awful: a strange, shrill, nasal delivery that barely changed person to person. The one thing that I didn’t like was her delivery.

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  • caroline
  • 11-18-19

Don’t waste your credit

Be Prepared to not like Nikki Sixx
Nikki Sixx is not a likeable person even when he gets sober he’s not a person I’d want to hang out with
I understand that addicts are selfish people who blame everyone else for their problems but
Nikki Sixx doesn’t understand that his problems start and end with himself and until he understands that I doubt he will stay sober
There is only so much time that you can listen to him whining about his childhood not making enough money and his Constant jealousy of other bands who have more talent than him
The female voice reading the female parts is incredible annoying her attempts to do different voices for different people are awful
I really wouldn’t waste your credit because all you are going to learn is addicts will do anything for that next fix and you already know that

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  • Sarah
  • 05-19-21

you don't have to be a hard rock fan to love this

I've never been a rock fan particularly but I like reading autobiographies about people and their lives. this book is both interesting, entertaining, and important in equal measure. I have read it twice now, a really good memoir. in fact I have loved it so much I've found myself now checking out Motley and GnR's back catalogues! maybe I'm more of a rock fan than I think.

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  • Nata
  • 03-24-20

I loved it!

I wanted to understand more about the perspective of a drug addict. About the way they think and why are they living their life that way. This was very heplful for me since I didn't have much exposure to a world of drugs and rock n' roll. Thank you for writing the book!

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  • JD
  • 04-11-19

Incredible Story with a Very Positive Message

Nikki Sixx tells a very honest and open story with many of his peers telling us how much of a difficult and spiteful person he used to be. The 10year anniversary edition adds a lot to the story on how Nikki has turned his life around even after Motley Crue finished.

The story is read incredibly well by Nikki and you can feel the emotion in his voice as he relives the Heroin Diaries.

Loved every second of this story!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-19-21

The best book ever!

Loved it! Unable to stop listening. I have read the book b4, but listening to it, is just as captivating!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-13-21

Really stories not told they are lived

Nikki sixx you rock real life.
An honest, shocking account of drug addiction but with a fairytale ending. A book to inspire anyone suffering from addiction.
Thank you for sharing.

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  • Shelley
  • 09-06-21

loved it,

absolutely fantastic book, I absolutely love the crue, and to hear nikki's account of his time with addiction is great, very truthful account on his part,

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  • Adam Carolan
  • 07-09-21

Unabridged, honest. Pure Crue!

If you're a fan of the Crue or just Rock in general, this is essential listening. Honest, funny, gross and heart felt, Nikki shows why he deserves his spot in the RocknRoll HoF. Epic.

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  • PAULETTE70
  • 06-29-21

wild side

brutally honest..hard hitting .. humorous and heartfelt highs and lows of life on the road

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-19

Best book ever.

Wow. This was the best audiobook i’ve ever listened to. I laughed, I cried, many emotions. I’m only very young, 14, but this touched my heart and made me realise that drugs and alcohol aren’t the solution to problems and that you can have fun without them - Liv ❤️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-18

interesting listen for those in active addiction..

as a struggling heroin/speedball addict in and out of recovery I found the book interesting, inspirational and yet also triggering - it reminded me of what I need to do in terms of seeking and asking for help and keeping up with regular attendance and work in NA (narcotics anonymous), and the importance of honesty - both within myself and with the ppl in my life, esp my family and the recovering addicts within NA. Yet it also made me yearn for the rush of shooting speedballs and the sick fascination and purpose found in all consuming hard drug abuse. And so while having shot up a few big speedballs over the last 2 days I've also reattended NA and plan to throw myself back into step work and speak honestly with my sponsor once I run out of drugs and money tomorrow.

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  • Anthony N. Goodwin
  • 11-20-17

May he live forever

I don’t do many books but this one has changed me. This is a story of change and acceptance. Nikki Sixx has become a legend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-27-21

No good

The book is repetitive every chapter the same it could have been a lot better

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  • Renae C.
  • 07-19-21

Not just for the Mötley fans...

What a survivor and a savvy businessman. I grew up on Mötley and watching their antics. The guys really did leave a legacy of fantastic rock music and the soundtrack to my youth. Nikki is so inspiring with how he's worked through his demons and challenged himself to grow and succeed on multiple creative levels. You're a legend!

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  • Morag Wood
  • 11-16-20

Enjoyable book

This is a great book for rock fans of Motley Crue. How they are still alive, who knows.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-14-20

raw & real

I was never the biggest Motley fan, more into rhcp/g n r/led zeppelin etc. But! This book was freakin incredible, and even better for listening to the man himself Sixx read it to you. Don't forget that you are listening to his own diary entries so it's not in typical flowing style, but I would listen to him as I walked around my serene little city in NZ and marvel at the things hes lived and literally died through. What a legend, definitely a great experience for anyone, but perhaps people dealing with addictions because as you hear his own words that he penned during the depths of his addictions, and how he pulled through you gotta know there's hope for anyone.
My only critique is the womans voice, yeesh. I know kiwi chicks don't have the same preppy tones as Americans but yeah... it was a struggle to listen to her parts, which was annoying because they were covering his mothers and his serious ex-partner who added a lot of value. Still, it was awesome, would recommend it to a lot of people.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-26-18

Amazing

Great book. Nikki and others tell great stories. I love reading the book, this took it over the top.

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  • Becky Hill
  • 10-31-21

One of my favourite books of all time

I've read the paper version of this book many times, and it remains one of my favourites of all time. I loved hearing it narrated by Nikki Sixx. I found the woman's voice to be a little irritating, but that is entirely a subjective thing. She still did a great job.

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  • T.J.Bradley
  • 08-27-21

A lot more honest and candid than I expected.

I’m not really sure what I expected. But this was a lot more personal and open than I thought it would be.

It’s a very insightful look in to music of that era. Knowing the background of the songs, and writing process, gave me more of an appreciation for them.

It’s also an inside (and personal) perspective on the struggles of addiction and depression. I commend Nikki Sixx for sharing such personal thoughts and stories. I can see why many people would have been able to relate and find comfort in this book.

Thank you for sharing your story.